Ari Garnick may be nine years old, but, unlike some more established journalists, he's not afraid to ask the 2012 Republican presidential candidates the tough questions. Namely, what superhero they would choose to be.
With the help of his dad, who's a journalist and documentary producer himself, Garnick captured the responses to his question, "If you were a superhero, who would you be and why?" on film. The most striking finding was this: Most GOP candidates have zero imagination. Or at the very least were never comic book nerds.
Everyone expected Mitt Romney to pick Superman — I mean, c'mon, he's practically Clark Kent's clone — but he was far from the only one to pull the "Superman because I, too, will save our country" card. He was joined by Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, and the dearly departed Herman Cain in that choice. Jon Huntsman was the lone Spider-Man fan, and Rick Santorum made perhaps the most original choice with Mr. Incredible. (Though he probably just limits his superhero exposure to Pixar since the more traditional stories are cesspools of sex, violence, and science.) Ron Paul apparently did not know his favorite superhero and blew Ari off.
The video ends with a plea for Michele Bachmann to journey to New Hampshire so she can also share her favorite superhero. You know what that means: It's time for the people of New Hampshire to start brainstorming some Bachmann bait scenarios. How else are Republicans expected to make an educated decision come November 2012 if they don't know whether she's more Marvel or DC?